Obama renews vow to close Guantanamo detention camp
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:34:34 -0400
By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saying it was damaging to U.S. interests to keep holding prisoners in legal limbo at Guantanamo, President Barack Obama renewed an old vow on Tuesday to close the camp, where about 100 inmates are on hunger strike to protest against their years in detention without trial. Human rights groups welcomed Obama's recommitment to shutting the prison, but some activists called for action, not just words. Criticism of the camp, set up at the U.S. ...
Veteran Democrat, Republican newcomer win Massachusetts Senate primaries
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 23:44:15 -0400
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A Democratic Massachusetts lawmaker who has spent more than three decades in Congress will face off against a Republican who is a political novice and former Navy SEAL in the race to fill the state's open U.S. Senate seat. Primary voters on Tuesday picked Democrat Ed Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez as their candidates in the June 25 special election, the second such race the state has seen in three years. A Gomez victory could help Republicans move toward their goal of retaking a majority in the Senate, where they currently have 45 seats. ...
Illinois House speaker offers comprehensive pension fix
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:32:08 -0400
By Karen Pierog CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on Tuesday proposed a comprehensive plan to fix the state's sagging public pension system - the worst-funded state pension system in the country - with only a month to go in the legislature's spring session. The 271-page measure sets a cap on salaries used to determine pensions, limits cost-of-living adjustments on pensions for future retirees, increases retirement ages for workers currently under 45 years old, and hikes worker pension contributions by 1 percent over each of the next two fiscal years. ...
FDA lowers age for buyers of Plan B pill to 15
Wed, 01 May 2013 02:41:14 -0400
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprise twist to the effort to ease access to morning-after pills, the government has lowered the age limit to 15 for one brand — Plan B One-Step — and will let it be sold over the counter.
Markey, Gomez win Mass. US Senate primaries
Wed, 01 May 2013 01:33:19 -0400
BOSTON (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey and Republican former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez won their party primaries on Tuesday, setting up a race between a 36-year veteran of Washington politics and a political newcomer for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by John Kerry.
AP source: Obama naming NC's Watt for housing post
Wed, 01 May 2013 00:10:48 -0400
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama intends to nominate Rep. Melvin Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the government regulator that oversees lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, a White House official said Tuesday.
Today in History
Wed, 01 May 2013 00:02:05 -0400
Today is Wednesday, May 1, the 121st day of 2013. There are 244 days left in the year.
FDA: Morning-after pill OK for ages 15 and up
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 22:43:49 -0400
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government on Tuesday lowered to 15 the age at which girls can buy the morning-after pill without a prescription and said the emergency contraception no longer has to be kept behind pharmacy counters.
With 1 week to go, Sanford subject of attacks
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:43:20 -0400
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford can't seem to escape attacks on the extramarital affair that derailed his political career, which he hopes to revive in a special congressional election that is now a week away.
How Democrats Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Super PAC
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:56:59 -0400
House Majority PAC knows how to stretch a dollar.
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